A lens hood is an essential part of your system. By reducing stray light and minimizing flare, your pictures show improved contrast and better color saturation. Hoods also provide important stock protection, should your lens be dropped or bumped. Geniune Nikon hoods are made of materials that prevent permanent bonding to the lens, which may sometimes occur with other manufacturers' hoods.Snap-on hoods snap onto the front of the lens with a spring-type retainer ring. The mounting can be conveniently reversed for strorage. Bayonets twist-lock mounting for extra security.For 50mm f/1.2 lens.